Provence: Luberon

France: Haute Provence. Our cycling route follows the entire ring of the Luberon natural park, pedalling through relaxing conifer woods and huge farms during the magic season when the lavender is in full bloom.

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€ 1.170,00

  • from 23 to 30 June 2018
  • 8 days, 7 nights
  • advanced
  • Min. 12 participants
  • Gordes, villaggio in pietra
  • Sullo sfondo il Ponte du Gard
  • Tra i vigneti del Parco del Luberon
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The starting point of our tour is Avignon, a spectacular town in Southern France where the precious papal palace stands out. Its imposing gothic structure of white stones overlooks the old town and the legendary bridge of Saint-Bénezet, the other symbol of the city.

Along the way we will find charming stone-made villages such as Lurmarin, Lacoste and Gordes, just to name but a few. The route take us to lands characterized by the warm colours of the ochres: we will first walk the “Ochres Path” in Roussillon, where we will be amazed by vivid and varied hues, and then we will visit the astonishing Provence’s Colorado, a natural park where the earth pyramids have stunning colours.  

The region is crossed by large and important rivers, we will enjoy the view over the Rhone, which flows through Avignon, the Durance and the Sorgue, whose source is from a mysterious gorge in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. We will cycle to the well-known Cistercian Abbey in Sénanque, situated in a wonderful, deep valley. The vast fields of blooming lavender with the abbey on the background is the classical picture in any kind of advertising material regarding Provence: hopefully we will be able to enjoy this stunning scenery.

Once back in Avignon, on the very last day, we will cycle southwest for an outing to Pont du Gard, a majestic Roman bridge and aqueduct over the river Gardon, surrounded by a wonderful natural environment. We will be bring back home the memories of artistic wonders painted with the colours of Provence, from the purple of the lavender to the deep green of the woods, the blue skies and the wide range of warm colours of the ochres.

 

  • DAY 1 / Arrive to Avignon

    Arrive to Avignon
    • Individual arrival to Avignon. Meeting with the agency: briefing and bike delivery at the hotel.

      Overnight in Avignon: Hotel Au St. Roche **

  • DAY 2 / Avignon > Vaugines

    Approximately 80 km – some small climbs – altitude 550 m
    • We leave Avignon following the river Durance, then we cycle in the countryside, we cross small rivers until we get to Cavaillon, a beautiful town at the gates of “Luberon Natural Park”. Here we cross coniferous and holm forest and large vineyards of small vines. Before getting to Vaugines, we visit the charming little village of Lourmarin.

      Overnight in Vaugines: Hostellerie du Luberon ***

       

  • DAY 3 / Vaugines > Saint-Michel l'Observatoire

    Approximately 75 km – some climbs – altitude 900 m
    • We first cross the beautiful village of Cucuron, featuring a large pool surrounded by hundred-year-old plane trees, then we cycle deep into the Park on wavy roads with some harder climbs. After the lunch-break in Manosque, we follow the south side of the Massif du Luberon. Before getting to the tiny village of Saint-Michel l’Observatoire, we are expected to climb a big hill along a beautiful and panoramic road.

      Overnight in Saint-Michel l'Observatoire: Hotel Galilee ***

  • DAY 4 / Saint-Michel l'Observatoire > Lumières

    Approximately 80 km – some climbs – altitude 750 m
    • We cycle in the heart of “Luberon Natural Park”, among forests, great landscapes and stone-made villages. We visit the ancient villages of Bonnieux and Lacoste and finally we get to Lumières, where we overnight for 2 nights in the ancient convent of Notre-Dame, now converted into a wonderful hotel.

      Overnight in Lumières: Hotellerie Notre Dame De Lumières **

  • DAY 5 / Lumières > The Ochres Park > Lumières

    Approximately 65 km – some climbs – altitude 600 m
    • From the warm colours of the ochres to the vivid purple of the lavender. In this round itinerary we first cycle to Roussillon, famous for the ochres, and we walk along the Ochres Path, where we can enjoy the beautiful and vivid colours of the ground. We get to Provence’s Colorado in Rustrel around lunch-time, a stunning natural park where the earth pyramids features orange, red and burgundy colours. Getting back to Lumières is easy, prevalently down-hill.

      Overnight in Lumières: Hotellerie Notre Dame De Lumières **

  • DAY 6 / Lumières > Avignon

    Approximately 75 km – some climbs – altitude 450 m
    • Last day in Luberon Natural Park. We visit one of the classic icons of Provence, the Cistercian Abbey in Sénanque: it’s situated in a stunning valley and getting there by bike is exciting. We pass through the beautiful stone-made village of Gordes and then we stop for lunch in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse, where we visit the well-know source of La Sorgue river: the river comes from a mysterious gorge at the steps of a high cliff and it flows roaring towards the valley. 

      Overnight in Avignone: Hotel Au St. Roche **

  • DAY 7 / Avignon > Pont du Gard > Avignon

    Approximately 72 km – some climbs – altitude 550 m
    • Back in Avignon, in our last day we head south-west for a round trip that leads us to Pont du Gard, a majestic Roman bridge built with huge limestone blocks, featuring three sets of vast and breathtaking arches with the aqueduct flowing at the top. The bridge crosses the river Gordon and it strikes you for its imposing and daring architectural structure, still very well preserved.

      Overnight in Avignone: Hotel Au St. Roche **

  • DAY 8 / Departure from Avignon

    Departure from Avignon
    • Breakfast in the hotel, free day and individual trip back.

Fee per person
  • € 1.170 in double room
  • € 1.450 in single room
  • € 1.170 in triple room

The route

The itinerary is as follows: a cycling tour starting and finishing in Avignon, and two circular routes, one from Avignon, the other one from Lumières. The tour takes place mainly on quiet roads, cycling paths and some short stretches with average traffic roads. Most roads are tarmacked, few are unsurfaced or dirt roads. The tour is both uphill and downhill with some challenging climbs.

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  • Included
    • 7 overnights with breakfast in three/four stars hotels situated in the city centres
    • 7 city taxes
    • 4 dinners with local recipes, side dishes and drinks (½ l water, 1 glass of wine wine or 300 cl beer)
    • 5 pic-nics with bread, cold cuts, cheese, fruit, dessert and ½ l water
    • 2 tour guides: one on bike and one on the support vehicle; 3 tour guides from 17 participants
    • Entrance ticket to the Roussillon Ochres Park
    • Support vehicle with luggage transportation, pic-nic service and assistance
    • Road-book with cultural information
    • Medical and luggage insurance
  • Not included
    • Bike rental
    • 2 dinners, 1 lunch, entrance to museums or monuments
    • Tips and everything not mentioned in the section “included”
  • Extra
    • € 100 bike rental
    • € 200 e-bike rental
    • € 5 helmet rental
    • Extra overnights in Avignone B&B treatment and city tax: € 46 per person in double room / € 83 in single

Please note

Bike rental

Padlock and one waterproof side bike pannier “Ortleb” are included in the bike rental. Bike delivery and retired on the spot. Discover our bikes here.

Hotels

Details about the hotels are written on the program; due to reason of force majeure, hotels may be substitute with others of the same (or higher) category.

Participants numbers

Minimum 12 – maximum 24 participants.

Information about the price, booking, substitution and penalties

250 € needs to be deposited as downpayment at the moment of the enrolment. Once the tour is confirmed, balance needs to be deposited not later than 30 days before the departure.

Customer renouncing may be substitute by another person if the organizer receives written notice. The substitute must satisfy all the conditions necessary to the service fruition. The substitute must reimburse the organizer for all the secretarial allowances, 20 € are to be deposited plus any extra costs related with the substitution.

If the customer withdraws from the contract, penalties are applied. Penalties may be refunded by the withdraw insurance, if taken out. Penalties are: from the moment of the enrolment to 46 days before departure, the downpayment; 45 days before departure, 50% of the cost of the tour; 30 days before departure, full cost of the tour.

Information and program changes

Full information will send via email before the departure, with tour leaders’ name and contacts. Due to logistic or weather problems, there might be some program changes.